Lace Market Heritage Audio Trail
Plaque 1 - 18th Century Town House: This building was once a lace making workshop and now sits empty, in close proximity to the Nottingham Contemporary Art Gallery and Weekday Cross - the original market area of Nottingham.
Plaque 2 - Unitarian Chapel 1876: Now the Pitcher & Piano bar, this church cost £10,000 to build when it was constructed. The exterior has a rough texture and is weathered. The Pierrepont family worshiped here as well as many other powerful families in the 1800s. It was often referred to as the 'little St Mary's'. At one time, a very young Lord Byron came here to worship.
Plaque 3 - Description of the Shire Hall, 1770: Now the Galleries of Justice Museum, this building was once the county Gaol and has been home to crime and punishment in Nottingham for centuries. The buildings architect was James Gandon. - famous for his design of the Custom House in Dublin as well as many more impressive constructions.
Plaque 4 - St Mary's Church, 14th century: The church was constructed in the late 14th and early 15th century. The grand front window with gothic surround dates back to 1876. On the plaque, a carving of the window can be observed alongside the interior layout of the church. From here, turn left and walk up St Mary's Gate until you reach point 5; Broadway.
- 5 Turn right down Broadway until you reach the next plaque at point 6, opposite Annie's Burger Shack, next to the red telephone box.
Plaque 5 - Broadway, 1853: This area was home to lace factories where items were finished and made ready for shipping across the UK and the world. Nottingham is known as the city of lace and for good reason. This area of the city would have been a hive of activity and at the centre of Nottingham's industry. The tall, grand buildings tower over visitors and are now used as offices, bars and restaurants in what has become a trendy part of the city to work and socialise. From here, turn left down Stoney Street until you reach point 7 - The Adams & Page Building.
Plaque 6 - Adam's & Page Building 1855: This is the largest building in the Lace Market district of Nottingham and just from looking at its exterior, you can see it's also the grandest. It was once a lace warehouse and showroom and today is a grade II listed building - home to New College Nottingham. From here, walk back down Stoney Street the way you came up until you reach Barker Gate. Point 8 is on the corner of Barker Gate and Stoney Street.
Plaque 7 - Fothergill Warehouse, 1897: This former lace warehouse on the corner of Barker Gate and Stoney Street was designed by famous Nottingham architect Watson Fothergill. This building follows the gothic theme that was apparent through all his designs with a mixture of light and blue-black brickwork as well as towers and turrets. Walk down Barker Gate until you reach point 9 - the plaque for the National Ice Centre.
Plaque 8 - National Ice Centre, 2000: The National Ice Centre represents the modern day development of the Lace Market Area, with a shift from the lace making industry of the 1800's to an area dedicated to socialising and entertainment. The National Ice Centre features two ice rinks and hosts matches for the Nottingham Panthers as well as live music gigs and comedy acts from some of the world's finest entertainers. This concludes the Lace Market Heritage Audio Tour. Please walk back up Barker Gate and turn left down Stoney Street. Then at the end, turn right up High Pavement until you reach the Galleries of Justice Museum where you can return your headset.